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Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Love watching Gary Neville's soccer box. Dimitar Berbatov is hilarious. We beat Chelsea to win the league cup. Yes, we're going somewhere. Then nothing. Why didn't Spurs have their new stadium and training ground while I was there? lol
 

Feña14

Legend
Can't beat a good pun, Son. haha OK, I'll stop now. Great game for you after the recent hiccups. You made Spurs kiss the ring today. The thoughts of Beckham instantly come to mind after a player lashes out. I just don't like to see a reaction like that. The kick is fine jk, but the whole what did I do? That puts me off.
Pretty sure Son would protest his innocence after going full Cantona :unsure:

No doubt it was an incredible performance, the back 3 looked so dominant. Maybe that's a blueprint going forward. Mount instead of Pulisic made a big difference also. Mount was at the top of a midfield 3 so we didn't get over run in there, whilst also pressing like a forward and playing as a winger in a front 3. I could see why Neville wanted to give him joint MOTM, astonishing performance from a 20 year old.
 

Tiki-Taka

Hall of Fame
Surprisingly, Real Madrid drew at home against Bilbao yesterday. Goalless stalemate at the Bernabéu. They had plenty of opportunities but the goal frame did them no favors. Kroos' individual effort was deflected by Simon into the crossbar. Nacho headed the ball in the same place from the corner, while their summer signing Jovic headed it into the post near the end. Benzema's shot from a tight angle was nicely flicked away from Núñez at the goal line, while Simon also denied Vinicius a one on one opportunity.



Tight race so far. Sevilla are in it, and surprisingly it wasn't the Sánchez Pizjuán atmosphere that carried them close to the top. They have been by far the best away team so far this season. Only ones to win over 50% of their trips up to this point. Everyone else is struggling when having to travel.

Atlético are going through their transition. Still playing low scoring affairs for the most part, but it hasn't paid off much this time as they lost their best striker in the summer to Barcelona, while Diego Costa is having injury problems, leaving Morata and the teenage mega transfer Joao Felix with even more pressure.

Sociedad are another surprise of the season. Similar to Sevilla's home/away point distribution, they have Oyarzabal, Willian Jose, Odegaard and Portu to thank for a very efficient first half of this season in front of goal. They want Champions League football in San Sebastián again.

Getafe look determined to have a second great season in a row. Last time they narrowly missed out on top four but they are close now again. Hopefully they will bounce back from last weekend defeat by winning their first match of the new year when their big neighbors Real Madrid come to visit them.

As for Barcelona... Top of the table by two points going into 2020. Considering how poorly the team looked on some occasions, we'll take that. Even I trust the guys at home, so I think the following trips - Bernabéu (Real), Sánchez Pizjuán (Sevilla), Mestalla (Valencia), El Madrigal (Villarreal) and Balaídos (Celta) are crucial for our title defense goal.

Before then though, we would like to kick Espanyol to rock bottom further at the start of next year. :happydevil: There is a possibility that Leo and Luis won't be featuring since they will probably enjoy a longer new year holiday at their homes far away. But it still wouldn't be an excuse for not managing to put them in their place and solidifying our own.
 
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Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Jose will be delighted after Spurs came back and beat 2 or 3 teams after being 1-0 down at half time. Goals from Kane and Alli give them 2-1 win.

Will miss the United game later because I'm going to see Star Wars.
 

Doctor/Lawyer Red Devil

Talk Tennis Guru
4-1 comeback. Martial with a brace, Rashford and Greenwood on the board as well. At least the youngsters are doing alright.

Chelsea are more unpredictable than us. At least with Manchester United you know nowadays they are likely to disappoint against guppies and do well against the big teams. With Chelsea it seems to be a shot in the dark no matter who they face LOL.
 

Sysyphus

Talk Tennis Guru
good win for Man U that, at last convincingly trouncing a mid-table team after a shaky start.

A point off Spurs in 5th place with identical goal differentials, and after Chelsea's slip today, top 4 is still within striking distance.
 

Feña14

Legend
4-1 comeback. Martial with a brace, Rashford and Greenwood on the board as well. At least the youngsters are doing alright.

Chelsea are more unpredictable than us. At least with Manchester United you know nowadays they are likely to disappoint against guppies and do well against the big teams. With Chelsea it seems to be a shot in the dark no matter who they face LOL.
It's at home when teams park the bus when Chelsea struggle. Not a bad problem to have though, it's something that has to be learnt and takes time.

Of all the potential problems I expected coming into the season, this is a pretty nice one to have looking at the big picture.

I'd love to get Ziyech in January, I think he's got 20+ assists this season and when we played them in the Champions League, every cross looked like being a goal. That's what we're missing, and i'd think he'd make a great upgrade for Pedro (relatively cheap too, by todays standards).

I've not seen us linked with him though, which is a shame.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Looked good from United. Martial acting like Kante without the ball. I couldn't believe it. Nice to see one of the most 'useless players off the ball' (I didn't say that) getting stuck in. Not just Scholes style tackles either. Winning the ball. ''When he is at his best he is one hell of a player.'' Yes, consistency again is the word of the day.

Greenwood's finish was :giggle:
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Wow. Ederson sent off in the 12 minute. City managed to go 2-0 up and then let it slip. 2 goals in the last 10 minutes giving Wolves 3-2 win. City's players and Pep looking heartbroken.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Wouldn't be surprised if James is back in tomorrow. Was thinking he needed a rest and it doesn't make much sense to drop any of the front 3 after their performances against Newcastle. Think it is time for Pogba to start. I'd say I would be surprised if United win.
 

Feña14

Legend
Wow. Ederson sent off in the 12 minute. City managed to go 2-0 up and then let it slip. 2 goals in the last 10 minutes giving Wolves 3-2 win. City's players and Pep looking heartbroken.
Unfortunately I didn't watch. I'll catch the highlights on Midlands Today in the morning I guess.

"Wolves ay we! Cor buleeve it bab, bostin it wor".
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Wow. Ederson sent off in the 12 minute. City managed to go 2-0 up and then let it slip. 2 goals in the last 10 minutes giving Wolves 3-2 win. City's players and Pep looking heartbroken.
Halfway and they’ve already lost more than last season and are within one setback of matching the total from the last two seasons.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Fred is looking a bit Brazilian again. Some sexy passes. United leading 1-0 at half time. Martial with the goal. Assist from Pereira was money.
 

Doctor/Lawyer Red Devil

Talk Tennis Guru
5th going into 2020 if Liverpool and City win their games tomorrow, which is pretty likely. Might even be one point below top 4 but Arsenal have to beat Chelsea. Not counting on that.

At least it's nice seeing the squad being filled with younger players, as well as Rashford scoring on a regular basis now. He could contend for the golden boot if Vardy goes on a drought.
 

Feña14

Legend
VAR is a joke
Yeah, the game has lost it's way.

The offside rule essentially stops goal hanging, which is a good thing. A toe nail maybe being slightly ahead of the last man 3 phases before a goal is scored? That's just ridiculous. Not to mention the time it takes, the entire stadium not knowing what's going on, having to celebrate 3 minutes after a goal is scored whilst it's being checked etc.. It's not working and it never will.
 

Federer and Del Potro

Talk Tennis Guru
Yeah, the game has lost it's way.

The offside rule essentially stops goal hanging, which is a good thing. A toe nail maybe being slightly ahead of the last man 3 phases before a goal is scored? That's just ridiculous. Not to mention the time it takes, the entire stadium not knowing what's going on, having to celebrate 3 minutes after a goal is scored whilst it's being checked etc.. It's not working and it never will.
In theory it’s fantastic but in practice it’s shambolic and unnatural. These toe nail / arm pit ‘offsides’ have been called like 3-4 times already this weekend. Judging goals by pixels now. Slippery slope.
 

Tiki-Taka

Hall of Fame
It's been really annoying at times. I lost the urge to celebrate a goal these days when attending at Camp Nou because VAR could check anything out. Klopp said something along those lines himself.

I am even ok with longer examination of potential penalties and red cards because it's tougher to judge those, but offsides... If it's a razor thin margin like in the cases we have seen recently, stick with the original call. I know it doesn't sound right being fine with having irregular goals stand or regular goals ruled out, but the match goes through so many annoying delays/time wasting as it is. This takes it to a whole new level of frustrating...


So, Liverpool with 55 out of 57 points in the first half of the season. Incredible achievement. Identical to what Barcelona did in 2012-13, and coincidentally our only draw was against our biggest rivals too. Unfortunately we slowed down in the second half, missing out on Invincible season after losing at Anoeta and Bernabeu, but still got to the century mark, tying the best points tally in La Liga history.

Liverpool will probably do better than that. What impresses me most is how they have reacted to last season's dramatic race they lost, by improving even further. And I can only imagine the upcoming euphoria at Anfield. 30 years of wait, think about that. Actually doesn't feel that long ago when they won their 18th title with Rush and Barnes in attack, and Kenny Dalglish, being in his last year as the player-manager, making an appearance on Liverpool's final home game of the 1989-90 season. But it must feel like a lifetime for the supporters.

Never liked them. Personally I have enjoyed Manchester United's dominance in England during the previous couple of decades, but this will be a special moment, and I will be happy for them finally living it. Mostly for Klopp, who has done a fantastic job.
 
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Feña14

Legend
It's been really annoying at times. I lost the urge to celebrate a goal these days when attending at Camp Nou because VAR could check anything out. Klopp said something along those lines himself.

I am even ok with longer examination of potential penalties and red cards because it's tougher to judge those, but offsides... If it's a razor thin margin like in the cases we have seen recently, stick with the original call. I know it doesn't sound right being fine with having irregular goals stand or regular goals ruled out, but the match goes through so many annoying delays/time wasting as it is. This takes it to a whole new level of frustrating...


So, Liverpool with 55 out of 57 points in the first half of the season. Incredible achievement. Identical to what Barcelona did in 2012-13, and coincidentally our only draw was against our biggest rivals too. Unfortunately we slowed down in the second half, missing out on Invincible season after losing at Anoeta and Bernabeu, but still got to the century mark, tying the best points tally in La Liga history.

Liverpool will probably do better than that. What impresses me most is how they have reacted to last season's dramatic race they lost, by improving even further. And I can only imagine the upcoming euphoria at Anfield. 30 years of wait, think about that. Actually doesn't feel that long ago when they won their 18th title with Rush and Barnes in attack, and Kenny Dalglish, being in his last year as the player-manager, subbing himself in on Liverpool's final home game of the 1989-90 season. But it must feel like a lifetime for the supporters.

Never liked them. Personally I have enjoyed Manchester United's dominance in England during the previous couple of decades, but this will be a special moment, and I will be happy for them finally living it. Mostly for Klopp, who has done a fantastic job.
VAR is here to say, but something does need to change regarding offside. I think the rule itself might need to be changed, maybe any part of the attacker being level with the defender being ok would do it. We're seeing goals ruled out for offside when most of the attacker is actually further from goal than the defender! The top of a shoulder or the tip of a boot 3 phases before the goal is scored shouldn't be ruled out, it's just ruining the game.

I agree on Liverpool, never been a fan of them (even before the fierce rivalry with Chelsea). I'll be pleased for them though, they're a fantastic team, fun to watch and thoroughly deserve the title. Wolves played well again today, i'm slightly biased, but they're great fun to watch and fully deserve all the good things happening to them at the moment.
 

Slice'n'dice

Hall of Fame
It's the Offside rule not VAR. I liked the old daylight between players rule. Nice and simple and much less of these super marginal calls, not using VAR because it's close is just silly I think. It's the offside rule not VAR can't really say that enough that's what we might need to look at.

I think scrap clear and obvious, if it's wrong it's wrong. Clear and obvious means that a good dive doesn't get overruled if it wins a penalty as we have seen this season, rewarding people being good at diving seems weird to me.

Also Liverpool top the league regardless I think that is an issue for some people who hate Liverpool and want to avoid giving them credit whenever possible. but those guys won't be happy for a while because we are absolutely unreal and we haven't even played that well for most of the season.

Anyway happy Christmas and a hearty happy year to you all. Have a good one.
 

Federer and Del Potro

Talk Tennis Guru
I would have sympathy back when he was getting only £10 donation a week. Now he gets a £100 a minute on subscriptions.

My response is really a similar line from football manager. It always seems to be me that gets the disallowed VAR. Opponents never (rarely) get it. Good job my team is so good now so it doesn't really matter.
I don’t really mind if VAR stays maybe just tweak it a bit. I wish it didn’t cause such a delay but I guess it’s justified more times than not
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
I don’t really mind if VAR stays maybe just tweak it a bit. I wish it didn’t cause such a delay but I guess it’s justified more times than not
Yeah, that Klopp quote about not even being able to celebrate a goal. :/ Obviously, he is being a bit funny but still. Feels like it is still in development.

On that Gary Neville soccer box they were showing tackles from not even 10 years ago that you didn't even get booked for. He was talking to Berbatov about it. ''you wouldn't get away with that these days.'' I guess that is a good part of it, being able to go back and check if there was a foul etc.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
Heard that United refused to pay the agent and father (meh) extortion fees to go along with the cheapish transfer fee for Erling Haaland. Article says United should be applauded.

 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
I wasn't exactly getting that hyped about Haaland, not like some of the other rumours that never move beyond rumours. He might be fantastic but I would argue that a striker isn't our top priority. Now that Rashford is becoming kind of prolific, then we have Greenwood and Martial. Sure, not exactly all number 9's but they are forwards. Ole is still giving the line about future plans and Haaland would have fit that bill. Just have to wait and see. The midfield was pointed out as the weak point at the start of the season. That hasn't changed.
 
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